Coronavirus

Coverage of COVID-19 and its impact on pensions and investments

Is it time for an asset-strategy check-up?

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At the time of my last column in May, many pension plan sponsors were catching their breath after watching funding levels take a roller coaster ...

Ontario Teachers’ posts -0.4% return for H1, rebalances away from fixed income

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The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan posted a negative return of 0.4 per cent in the first half of 2020. “The pandemic has brought some specific challenges,” said ...

Bank of Canada looks for broader input in updating inflation target framework

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The Bank of Canada is turning to the public for input on its inflation-rate target that underlies any changes to the central bank’s trend-setting interest ...

Has coronavirus derailed progress of DC decumulation strategies?

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For defined contribution plan members who were intending to retire in the first half of 2020, the market crash caused by the coronavirus may have ...

CPPIB highlights four post-coronavirus habits to impact investment portfolios

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Four types of new habits and perspectives are expected to define the post-coronavirus era and could impact investment portfolios, according to new analysis by Thinking Ahead, the ...

How have Canada’s DB pensions changed over the last decade?

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Whether it’s battling the challenges of plan maturity, increasing longevity, the changing nature of work or difficult financial markets, these so-called golden handcuffs are looking ...

Value of assets in trusteed pension funds down 3.3% in Q1: StatsCan

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The value of assets held by Canadian trusteed pension funds fell 3.3 per cent to $2.02 trillion in the first quarter of 2020, according to new ...

How resilient were bond funds in the face of coronavirus?

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Market turmoil caused by the coronavirus served as a real-life test for bond funds and their liquidity, according to a new paper from the Bank ...

Finance Minister Bill Morneau resigns, plans to run for head of OECD

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The only finance minister to serve under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suddenly resigned Monday night, saying someone else should guide the country through a long ...

New research finds asset owners largely satisfied with pandemic performance

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The vast majority of investors (82 per cent) are satisfied with how their portfolios performed in the first half of 2020, despite some weak results ...

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